Panthers defenseman Nick Boynton was sent home by the team Friday and will miss the final three games of this trip because of disciplinary reasons, General Manager Jacques Martin said.
Martin wouldn’t provide any details, but said he plans to speak with Boynton again Monday. Noah Welch will take Boynton’s place in the top six.
“I try not to focus on that because Boynton is a buddy of mine and he’s a really good guy,” Welch said. “It was a shock this morning hearing the news. I have to step in and do what I can do.”
Boynton traveled with the Panthers to their hotel in Seacaucus, N.J., after Thursday’s 2-1 win against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Boynton did not play in the third period after playing 10:06 through the first two periods. Earlier this season, he was benched for one game.
This takes place just before Florida plays critical back to back road games against Washington and New Jersey. While Nick doesn’t have impressive scoring stats, his defensive play is one of the reasons Florida is playing well this year.
Since no one will talk about what happen, I’ll speculate a little. To warrant a 3-game suspension like this, Boynton must have committed an act of insubordination towards the team’s coaches. Hopefully the suspension won’t damage the Panthers run to the playoffs.
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